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Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations, created by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Combining Art and Natural History to Learn About Yellowstone Animals

About the Exhibit

June 1, 2018 - August 19, 2018

This unique exhibition combines artwork and natural history by examining the migrations of local ungulates such as elk, pronghorn, and deer of Yellowstone National Park. Stunning photographs, paintings, videos, and an amazing interactive map are included. These media come together to chronicle the difficult journeys herd animals face every year. Contributors include Wildlife Ecologist Arthur Middleton, Photographer Joe Riis, Artist James Prosek, and Filmmaker Jenny Nichols. The title comes from the idea that these migratory animals cross many “Invisible Boundaries,” including lines between national park and wilderness areas, public and private lands, and neighboring states and countries. This exhibition encourages guests to think about the complexities of wildlife and land conservation.

This exhibition was created by the Draper Natural History Museum and Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and was co-curated by Charles R. Preston, Willis McDonald, IV, Senior Curator of Natural Science and Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western Art.

Sneak Peek | May 31

Mix’d Media with James Prosek | May 31

Mix’d Media with Joe Riis | June 26

Click on the images below to view some of the work that will be on display at the exhibit

This Exhibition is Generously Sponsored By:

Mary Anne Cree

Stonehollow Collection

Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Carol & Jim Linton

National Geographic

The Nature Conservancy

Charlotte Stifel

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative


Jan & Bob Benz

Gale & Shelby Davis

George B. Storer Foundation

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Louise & Ralph Haberfeld

Lilane & Christian Haub

Knobloch Family Foundation

Marcia Kunstel & Joe Albright

National Parks Conservation Association

Maggie & Dick Scarlett

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Snake River Brewing

Caroline & Ken Taylor

Georgene Tozzi

Claudia & Terry Winchell

Wyoming Wildlife Advocates

Lori & Laurent Roux

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- lindahjensen, Greensboro, NC

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